About the role
Julia Farr Association seeks new board members. Nominees should be committed to inclusion, and to be ready to understand and support why this means there is a need to move away from segregated models like special schools, special education units, group housing, sheltered employment, and other well-intentioned models that struggle to deliver people true valued membership in mainstream community life.
JFA aims to preserve its status as a peer-led organisation, where the majority of board members live with disability. JFA also welcomes interest from non-disabled nominees.
Currently, JFA is particularly interested in nominations from persons with one or more of the following priority skills sets:
- Lived experience of disability
- Social policy and systemic advocacy/lobbying
JFA encourages people with diverse experience and backgrounds to nominate. In addition to lived experience of disability, this includes but is not limited to: First Nations people; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer people; and people of mature age.
About the organisation
Julia Farr Association Inc (‘JFA’) is a community association incorporated in South Australia in 2006 but with a history stretching back to 1878. JFA operates mainly as JFA Purple Orange. JFA Purple Orange is not a service provider, providing no ‘hands-on’ disability services. Instead, it focuses on assisting people living with disability and their families to access good information and networks, and to have their voice inform public policy and practice. JFA Purple Orange also works to influence other stakeholders such as agencies in the government, community and private sectors, to develop policy and practice that supports people living with disability taking up their rightful place as valued members of mainstream community and economic life.
Over the past 15 years JFA Purple Orange’s work has steadily grown, and its body-of-work includes more than 100 policy submissions, consultancies to state, territory and national government stakeholders, hundreds of networking and training events, a series of ‘demonstration’ projects, and a media portfolio including video clips and podcasts.
JFA Purple Orange has a good reputation, and has maintained good financial sustainability.
In addition to work as JFA Purple Orange, JFA also administers several trust funds, involving the distribution of small grants to individual applicants living with disability. It is also the settlor for the Julia Farr M S McLeod Benevolent Fund (‘JFM’).
How to apply
Interested persons can nominate using the Nomination Form in the information document to this advertisement
Please quote in application: Board member via Pro Bono Australia.